Fool's Fate by Robin Hobb(92 ratings)
|Series||Tawny Man, The|
|Submitted by Mandy |
\'Fool\'s Fate\'is the breath taking finale to what I feel is the most magnificent fantasy series ever written. It is a work which contains complex and fascinating magical concepts with a depth of character and emotion rarely explored in fantasy fiction.
|Submitted by Joe |
Robin Hobb's third work is undoubtably one of pure genius. In truth I very nearly did not pick up the Tawny Man trilogy after finishing the Farseer books. I had felt that the ending of that trilogy was so unsatisfactory that it rather poisoned my opinion of all that had come before. However, I did choose to read the continuation trilogy and I'm very glad I did. In this work, Hobb brought to life the characters that I had read about previously, but not really felt. The Farseer trilogy was a well told story, however it didn't give the emotional depth to the characters as seen in the TMT. The bittersweet part of that is the incredible loss I experienced at the ignominous death of the Fool. Along with that, Burrich's death had a profound effect on me. There are a few things that are often misunderstood, and they tend to lead people to unfavorable views of the book, I will endeavor to correct them. Fitz did not simply discount Burrich's death. It is made clear that he greives for days. He then deals with it in a cathardic way. However, the reason it was so unsatisfactory the way Fitz responded is because you are not giving enough import to the most pivotal moment of both trilogies. At the time of Burrich's death, half of Fitz still lies dormant in the dragon. It is because he had previously obliterated his griefs that he did not feel this quite as much as he may have. The second point is that the ending, far from not fitting, was in truth the only acceptable end. Once again because of the situation with the dragon. Fitz had not only abandoned his pain, but, as many can tell you, pain and love oft are so intertwined you cannot discern between them. He had put a large part of his love for Molly in Girl-on-a-dragon. When he gained all of himself back it was like a Great Expectations moment. He learned then that he had, in truth, had the only thing that mattered, and there was a chance to save it. Fitz and Molly couldn't have made peace apart, because this story, in its heart, is in no small part a love story. Indeed, that is one of the few links that remain between the Farseer and Tawny Man trilogies. Fitz was only complete with Molly. The only way it could have been acceptable for them not to end up together would be his death. Otherwise, he would never be fulfilled. On top of that, Jinna had long ago shown that end. She told him that his true love always came back to him, although sometimes he'd had to wait. He had been unable to see her several times throughout his childhood, then he had thought her in love with someone else, then dead (or worse, forged), yet she had always come back. It only made sense for her to return to him after this absence. Extended though it may have been. Fitz had, for nearly the entirety of both series, been devoted to finding her. It was his drive, and it gave the series a depth that was more moving than any fantasy book could generally hope to be. For Fitz and Molly to simply part ways would have cheapened that experience immensely. In short, this book was an incredible masterwork. Hobb did a beautiful job of letting the story take shape, and, above all it was an incredible story of love prevailing, one that many other authors could take note of. My hat's off to Hobb for this book, and indeed both the Farseer and Tawny Man trilogies.
|Submitted by Ash |